Ashes 3rd Test: England’s batting struggle continues, were reeling on 31/4 at Stumps


Ashes 3rd Test: England’s batting struggle continues, reeling on 31/4 at Stumps

England’s bowlers displayed a scintillating performance to help England remain alive in the contest however once again their batting attack failed miserably against Australia on Day 2 of the third Ashes Test at the MCG on Monday.

At Stump’s England’s scoreboard read 31/4, trailing by 51 runs. Joe Root 12* & Ben Stokes 2* stayed unbeaten on the crease. Trailing by 82 runs, England’s batting woes continued as Zak Crawley 5 & Dawid Malan (0) were dismissed poorly by Mitchell Starc. Even Haseeb Hameed (7) failed to stay at the crease for a long time & was sent back to the pavilion by Scott Boland.

Nightwatchman Jack Leach (0) was clean bowled by Boland in the same over & were left reeling at 22/4. In the end, Joe Root & Ben Stokes were on the crease & ensured that England doesn’t lose more wickets before the stumps on day 2.

Earlier on day three, Australia resumed the third & final session at 200/6. The hosts received a major blow as Cameron Green (17) was sent back to the pavilion by Jack leach with Australia’s lead at 22. Soon after Alex Carey (19) was sent back to the pavilion by Ben Stokes, Australia’s chances of getting bowled cheaply increased. Captain pat Cummins & Mitchell Starc then put on 34 more runs for the ninth wicket that extended Australia’s lead over 50 runs mark. James Anderson then scalped his fourth wicket of Day two of the third Ashes test as he removed Cummins (21) reducing Australia to 253/9 in the 85th over.  Anderson claimed four scalps while Ollie Robinson and Mark Wood picked up two each as the Aussies were restricted to 267.

The hosts who commenced Day three in a commanding position ended up gaining a first-innings lead of 82. Under pressure, Marcus Harris (76) top-scored for the hosts. However, no other batsman of Australia could score a half-century as England’s losing hope of making a comeback remained alive. But at last England’s batsmen put all their bowlers’ efforts in vain as they were dismissed poorly & were left reeling at 31/4.

Ashes 2021-2022 3rd test Brief Scores:

England 185 & 31/4 (Joe Root 9*, Haseeb Hameed 7, Scott Boland 2-1) Australia 267 all out (Marcus Harris 76, David Warner 38, James Anderson 4-33)

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